Pets are Not the Only Ones to Blame; Humans Bring In Fleas, Too

Worker checking for house pestFleas are a huge nuisance. Their very presence suggests that a room, or indeed an entire house, is unclean. They also bring a bevy of health problems like skin irritation for humans and infection and tapeworms in pets.

Unfortunately, fleas are difficult to get rid of if you have a pet. These parasites cling to animal fur and live off their blood. They also multiply fast, with females laying up to 40 eggs a day. Speaking of which, Yes Pest Pros, Inc., an expert exterminator of household pests, says that fleas are prone to nest in carpets, rugs and pets’ beddings. 

But even though pets are the main cause of flea infestation, these parasites can still live in pet-free homes. Here’s how it happens.

Hitchhiking Parasites

Animal fur is basically a magnet for fleas. Faux-fur fabrics, or at least fabrics with soft, synthetic fuzz, also have the same quality. So, although fleas don’t have wings, they can leap very high and attach themselves to fur-like fabrics. They may prefer a combination of fur and warm-blooded skin, but it doesn’t stop them from clinging.

Walking through grass, entering the house of a pet owner, and playing with animals exposes you to these parasites. Moreover, if the route you take on the way home takes you past an infested house, you may inadvertently give fleas a free ride to your house. Fleas can burrow into the seams of fabric, staying there until a warm-blooded body is nearby.

Lastly, you are also at risk of getting fleas if you have next-door neighbors who allow their pet cat or dog to roam around freely.

Challenge of Eliminating Fleas in a Pet-Free House

Pet-free households often realize too late that they have a flea infestation. Fleas in the pupa stage can remain in that state for months at a time until it gains access to a host, after all. To make matters worse, though, unsuspecting people might dismiss early signs of flea bites for typical bed bug bites. It’s only when the infestation gets bad enough that they begin to take action.

It pays to watch out for fleas even if you don’t have pets. If you think your home has an infestation, call a pest control service immediately.